School Strike 4 Climate to take to streets again

Taking action . . . Dunedin School Strike 4 Climate co-ordinators (from left) Abe Baillie, Linea Simons and Zak Rudin, all of Logan Park High School, will lead the march towards the Octagon tomorrow. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

The scale of the climate crisis is “unprecedented”, so unprecedented action is needed, a School Strike 4 Climate co-organiser says.

Secondary school pupils will march for climate justice again tomorrow and want teachers, workers, students and parents to join them.

The Dunedin strike is co-ordinated by Logan Park High School pupils Zak Rudin, Linea Simons, Abe Baillie (all 17) and Finn McKinlay (18).

Zak said it would be a general march, so anyone was welcome to join.

“Ultimately, the climate crisis is a massive holistic issue that affects everyone, not just the future generations.”

School Strike 4 Climate is demanding the Government creates a legally binding Carbon Bill which sets the date for carbon neutrality at 2040 at the latest, incentivises the transition to renewable sources of energy and puts regulations on intensive farming.

The Government plans to be carbon neutral by 2050.

The country was “burning through” the current carbon budget and the Government needed to declare a climate emergency, Zak said.

“And then enforce that with follow-up action so it’s not just symbolic but it’s actually something that helps this pace quicken,” Linea said.

Since the last strike in May, many regions had declared a climate emergency, Abe said.

It helped make people aware of the desperate action that needed to be taken.

“Even at school, people seem to know a lot more about climate change and know why it’s such a crisis and why we’re so passionate about it,” Linea said.

“I think people are starting to get that which is really cool to see.”

The strike made it easier to reach a lot of people on a bigger scale, she said.

Tomorrow’s march will start at Logan Park High School at 11.30am and reach the Octagon, via the dental school, about 12.15pm.

There will be speeches, live music, activities and information about how people can be more involved.